Dec. 28, 2010 at 2:51 PM ET
The iPhone is seriously slaughtering other phones for game-playing, but PlayStation fans, don't give up: the long-rumored Sony PSP phone may be be out by spring.
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reports that the phone would go on sale first in the United States and Europe. While we've known that it would be an Android-based device, a few more details have emerged. Among them, the phone, made by Sony Ericsson, will supposedly be called the Xperia Play, with Xperia being the name of several of Sony Ericsson's current phones.
The newspaper report said the PSP phone will be "based on the PSPgo and use slide-out PSPgo-style gaming controls. However, instead of analog thumb nubs, there is apparently a touch-sensitive tracking pad. UMD and Memory Sticks seem to be eliminated, too."
The phone also is reported to have a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a screen "in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches," the newspaper report said.
The PSP phone has been talked about for years, and Sony recently did confirm one is in the works, but is keeping mum otherwise.
To say gamers are excited is an understatement.
"There is still a lot to learn about this device and recent benchmark tests were fairly unimpressive but as the software/hardware wasn't final, we can't take those test results too seriously," noted the DroidGamers website. "Hopefully Sony will drop some more information regarding the final specs of the device as well as game titles ready at release, how they will run and all that good stuff.
"Good news is though, the wait is almost over!"
— Hat tip to Kotaku